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What Quade Green’s transfer means for Kentucky (UPDATED)

[Editor’s Note: This post was written before Quade Green’s decision to transfer was final and has been updated.]

Quade Green’s career as a Kentucky Wildcat is over; what does that mean for Kentucky?

Coming into the UNC Greensboro game, Quade was averaging 20 minutes and 9.7 points. Against UNC Greensboro and Seton Hall, he averaged only nine minutes and two points, a considerable drop off. With the emergence of Ashton Hagans, Quade moved behind Hagans and Immanuel Quickley in the rotation, which makes today’s news slightly less surprising. At the point guard position, the impact is mostly minimal, but here’s where losing Quade hurts Kentucky.

Someone’s gotta start making threes

Tyler Herro’s shooting struggles have been well-documented. Quade is second on the team behind Herro in three points made (11) and attempted (26) and had a career-high four vs. Monmouth, so someone else must step up, especially if Herro stays cold. Keldon Johnson (8-25, 32%) and Immanuel Quickely (6-21, 28.6%) have shown they’re capable of hitting threes. Thankfully, another answer may have presented itself on Saturday…

Jemarl Baker, please stand up

Enter Jemarl Baker, who registered his first minute as a Kentucky Wildcat vs. Seton Hall. Baker’s shooting is the stuff of legend if you listen to his teammates; Kentucky could certainly use it right now. At 6’4″, Baker is bigger than Quade, and therefore, one would think, a more effective defender. The fact that Baker played on Saturday is promising, but it was only one minute. How much can Kentucky rely on him moving forward?

Who will be clutch?

Quade helped Kentucky avoid a loss to Bubba Parham and VMI last month with some clutch shots, both from the three-point line and the free-throw line. Fellow sophomore PJ Washington exhibited the same type of leadership Saturday vs. Seton Hall, albeit in a losing effort. Keldon Johnson also proved he’s worthy of a last-second Hail Mary. The latter bodes well for Kentucky’s freshmen to step into leadership roles, but we need to see more of it.

RIP Shades, RIP Cat City?

Neither of these have anything to do with basketball, but Quade is responsible for two of my favorite Kentucky Basketball memories over the last few years: him wearing the shades last December and him calling Atlanta “Cat City.” Quade is a great kid, and I’ll miss his upbeat personality and sense of humor.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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63 Comments for What Quade Green’s transfer means for Kentucky (UPDATED)

  1. UKLugo
    12:31 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    The biggest effect it will have on us will be the impact on recruiting.

    • Kat4Life
      12:35 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      I tend to agree

    • Kat4Life
      12:42 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Actually having had a few minutes to think about it I’m not so sure it will have any impact at all….. players who do not get the minutes they think they deserve frequently transfer from high profile programs. It happens more often than you think. This is such an occurrence, probably has nothing to do with the program,the fans, or the coaches

    • Bobbum Man
      12:44 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t see it having much if any impact on recruiting at all. Think Cals pitch has always been if you don’t play well you don’t play. Quade hasn’t exactly been great for us, he’s always a liability with his quick trigger and poor decisions. Yes he’s had some nice games, so has pretty much anyone that’s gotten decent minutes at some point

    • Han
      2:38 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Guys transferring out hasn’t seemed to hurt Duke.

    • plumloopy
      3:41 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      One-and-done or GTFO.

  2. Bobbum Man
    12:43 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Honestly I don’t see it changing much, I don’t think he fit very well with this team and his decision making hurt us big at times. All it means is we really really need Herro to step it up.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:31 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. It’s not a huge loss, at least on the court. He has been recruited over, is too small to play SG and is a defensive liability. I hate to see anyone feel like they should leave, but if he finds a better situation for himself, I’m happy for him.

    • BigolBlue
      6:10 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah Cal has gotten all the players he has wanted lately. Recruiting has been fine.

  3. JerryCat
    12:45 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Conspiracy Theory: Cal is retiring after this year or moving on by his own volition.

    Brad is redshirting so he can play immediately somewhere else next year.

    He’s not wiffing on all these recruits. He’s being honest that we may not be around.

    He’s said before that ten years in this job is enough. He’s in his 10th season.

    • Booby Petrino
      12:50 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      If he’s being honest with recruits about this (maybe) being his last year, do you not think that would get leaked to the media? Do you think the recruits would keep their mouths shut about that news? Someone couldn’t even keep their mouth shut about Quade, you think they’d be quiet about Cal? No way.

    • JerryCat
      1:26 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      I’d bet that you don’t hear 99% of what is said during a recruiting pitch. We don’t hear about the cash payments, stripper shows, and dad’s getting assistant coach offers until well after they take place

    • ClutchCargo
      2:33 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Those examples are all things that illegally benefited the player. Pretty sure the kid in Memphis that decommitted would have spoken up.

    • Chacosrule
      2:35 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Totally agree, jerry.

    • Booby Petrino
      2:45 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      lord have mercy, people are so ridiculous. Of course they aren’t going to talk about benefits they receive but you’re insane if you think they’d stay quiet about Coach Cal retiring or leaving. Insane.

    • BigolBlue
      6:11 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Booby is getting nervous. If cal leaves he wont be able to handle life anymore

    • Nickerbocker05
      7:47 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      All of you are out your damn mind if you think cal is considering leaving! Too much money and too much support.

  4. CayutsBy90
    12:45 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    A whole different kind of one and done

  5. chris43
    12:51 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Boo hoo! I’m not getting enough playing time and freshman are playing more than me! Well stop being inconsistent, man up, and claim your spot big boy! Supposed to be so hard….shhhhhit! Just goes to show ya the rumors over the summer we’re true also he just changed his mind….but there was smoke there.

    • cats646
      2:30 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Easy Chris, you’ll break a finger typing that hard, you little bada$$.

  6. Cokely53
    12:56 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t think it hurts this current team seeing as he was on a steep decline for PT and his stat lines were less than stellar when he did play. But it’ll create an unnecessary distraction. There’s some stink about this because transferring mid season isn’t best for someone. It’s quitting on your team.

    I think it’ll potentially leave a black eye on our staff and be more ammo used against us in recruiting. Sure players transfer but not mid season. Poor form if this solely just Quade wanting out.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:37 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Even the Almighty Coach K has had players transfer mid-season, and he has somehow overcome it and done just fine.

    • Cokely53
      4:18 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Who specifically did?

    • ClutchCargo
      4:43 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Semi Ojeleye was the one I was specifically thinking of, but pretty sure there have been others.

  7. Duey Lampier
    12:57 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    The kid never should have been here…he wasn’t good enough! He was another victim of being over-hyped. I put the blame on Cal. Did he ever really evaluate this kids’ game? I’ll guess not…more than likely was just on the list of the top 50 and Cal made an offer. Either he is a poor evaluator if talent or he blindly makes offers to any kid highly rated. Pitiful!!

    • Kat4Life
      1:01 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Syracuse had been on the kid since the 9th grade, he profiled as a very solid college player by all counts…. a number of ACC schools were interested in him as well. Not sure I agree he was overhyped.

    • Duey Lampier
      1:25 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Obviously he was over-hyped. Is that even a question? He came in as a 5-star recruit and he hasn’t lived up to that label.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      2:34 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Lack of development doesn’t equal over-hyped. He came in saying he wanted to be like Ulis but better. But the three things ulis did best were distribute, play pesky defense and take care of the ball…Quade did none of those things well.

  8. No more excuses cal
    12:58 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    He will end up at Nova play for a coach that has won two championships and is better at developing team basketball green will end up similar to the Mathew’s kid that went to Michigan but don’t worry we players first cal will consider this season a success if he gets a player drafted in next June draft

    • DelrayCat
      1:13 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      You’re an idiot. And Matthews is a heck of an athlete with the body to excel. Green is like 5-11 and 165 trying to play 2-guard against guys like the Tennessee Admiral who is a chiseled 6-6, 240.

    • Skooms
      1:21 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Was anything you just typed an actual sentence? It looks like a bunch of word vomit.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:01 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Ohhhh, someone came up with a clever, brand new username and wants to show it off!

    • ClutchCargo
      2:39 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      How’s that team development working out for your boy at Nova this year? Oops! Penn just made another layup on a backdoor cut!

    • bigbluebanana
      2:49 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Lol clutch

    • BigolBlue
      6:12 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Good point cal excuse

  9. trujustin
    1:17 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    BBN needs to chill. Pretty sure Cal has earned a chance to right the ship.

    • bigbluebanana
      2:50 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      With what? Wins? A championship? Final Fours and the best players UK has ever seen? Yeah, he’s a real winner. They should’ve fired him years ago. (Hard sarcasm just in case you didn’t pick it up! Lol)

    • BigolBlue
      6:13 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Earned not given. 1 title 35 draft picks. Countless missed opportunities and coaching blunders.

  10. Aar
    2:27 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    IMHO, Green’s transfer means the entire team (with one exception) needs to start taking/making more threes. Washington, Travis, Montgomery & (to some degree) Johnson don’t take enough threes to spread the floor. Because they only take wide open looks, their percentages look good(ish). Herro, Quickly and Hagans are taking the looks they get and Baker will with playing time. To get from 16 to the modern NCAA typical 22-25 attempts per game each player needs to put up 1-2 more threes per game. Putting the burden of shooting enough threes to make up for Green’s departure on one or two players just allows defenses to guard those two on the perimeter. All 8 positionless scholarship players on this team need to make enough threes per game to warrant a defender for the entire 30 minutes, not just the few seconds at a time they’re inside the arc or paint.

  11. notFromhere
    2:27 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    It means he’s transferring…. There’s a roster spot open. An extra scholarship available. It means more PT for the other guards.

    More growing pains for the freshmen, maybe

    • Han
      2:42 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      A roster spot for next year, yeah. We’re still short a guy who played for the rest of this year. Even if we added someone at the halfway point (like Diallo or Ramon Harris), they wouldn’t play this year.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:37 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      He was part of an already crowded backcourt, hence the reduced minutes. Plus Baker is back in action at just the right time.

    • KYjellyRoll
      4:03 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      I’m thinking bakers entrance into playing Time has everything to do with the transfer

  12. notFromhere
    2:30 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    It’s not like teams have never gotten better after losing a player that wanted to be somewhere else. Addition through subtraction is the term. Let’s hope it applies and that both parties come out better for the transfer.

  13. UKinIN
    2:38 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    My son played high school basketball and I learned from opposing coaches that they preferred when another guard played in my son’s spot because they knew the other kid was terrible defensively and they would immediately attack him. We’ve watched Green get beaten off the dribble for 1 1/2 seasons so this could be addition by subtraction. (No insult to Quade intended.)

  14. Han
    2:40 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    If the freshmen continue to develop, and if Baker plays more, we’ll be ok. But it still hurts since he was a consistent threat from deep. We only make like 5 3s per game and he’s usually 1 or more of them. Plus any loss of depth and experienced depth always hurts our squads since we’re so young.

  15. Swizzle
    2:42 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Damn we lost our best bad shot taker, how will we ever go on?

  16. CopenhagenCat
    2:45 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Not sure why everyone thinks Hagans is turning it on . Guy makes one steal and all of the sudden hes awesome. Ill say it now Quickly will be a better player than Hagans. Watch and see.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      2:55 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      I like Hagans but I like Quickey more. Seems like most kids learn defense quicker than offense.

  17. bigbluebanana
    2:53 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Good luck to Quade, I hope he’s successful wherever he goes. Thanks to him for the past year. Can’t blame someone wanting to be happier and doing something about it.

  18. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    2:54 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Looking forward to seeing Baker more now.

    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      3:45 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      And what makes you think he’ll be any good?

  19. Jiminy Crickets
    3:32 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    I met Quade and talked to him for a little bit at the Nelson County Kids Basketball Camp this year. Super nice kid, he signed my little boys shoes and his basketball. Hope the best for him

  20. UKFootballYall
    3:40 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Guess he wants to be part of a team instead of a participant at Cal’s NBA Prep Camp. Best of luck to him.

  21. Cousins Fake Tooth
    4:00 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink


  22. W1ldCats4Life
    4:46 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Charles Matthews was said to not be able to play. He’s done pretty darn good at Michigan. One of the best guards in the country last year, and will be again this season.

    Cal isn’t blowing smoke when he says this isn’t for everyone. He will not change his offense or approach. That’s where I think other coaches show to be better than him, but his system always comes around once players but in.

    Q is the type of PG that plays the whole game. It’s not what happens at UK with Cal. He will go somewhere better suited for him and his style and shine. He’s a hard noised kid that works his butt off.

    We will all read about him and go, why didn’t he do that here at UK. But it’s the system. Just not the best fit, and I didn’t think it was a good fit last year. Probably should have let him transfer when the rumors started, that’s what is/was best for the player.

    • BluejayK
      6:49 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

      Matthews is a good college player, and his athleticism will get him a shot in the NBA, but he was by no means one of the best guards in the country. No doubt he could have been a contributor at Kentucky though

  23. wildcat74
    6:31 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Sign of a generation…if I don’t get what I want now, I’ll leave. Working hard to achieve your goals is beyond us. That’s what happens when everyone gets a ninth place ribbon growing up.

  24. jim tom
    6:42 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    The Roman Empire has collapsed

  25. Nickerbocker05
    8:15 pm December 12, 2018 Permalink

    Just watch BBN this is going to be VERY good for this team… just wait n see

  26. The last sith lord
    10:35 am December 13, 2018 Permalink

    The reality is setting in that none of these guards or wings have a chance ine hell to get drafted this year. And theres not enough space with the guys hes signed .. I look for baker to get a shot at playing but if he doesnt show out hell be transferring also